Authority of Jesus

~ My last post on the Widow of Nain was meant to show how Jesus was superior to Elijah & Elisha.  For example, Jesus did not need to stretch Himself out on the boy three times in between pacing back and forth in an upper room.  He simply said “Get up.” The point is simply that Jesus is superior. He is superior to the prophets of old and in fact fulfills them.

Following through I want to post one more thing. This is an account of a leper named Naaman who is healed by Elisha.  Its instructive to read this and then compare it to Jesus’ healing of a leper.

“.. So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”

11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.

13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. ~ 2 Kings 5

On the flip side … we have the following take place between Jesus & a leper.

“Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately (εὐθέως) the leprosy left him.”* ~ Luke 5:13

(*καὶ εὐθέως λέπρα ἀπῆλθεν ἀπ’ αὐτοῦ. )

Leprosy – Does it look hideous? In the Bible it is often a metaphor for sin. Its not surprise that God finds sin absolutely repugnant.

The point of all this is of course Jesus’ authority. However it is also this.  You need to ask yourself “What has God spoken to me in my life”

What has God said to you? Maybe now. Maybe years ago. What has God said? If God said something then He only needs to say it once. Why? Jesus did not need to say “Be clean! Be clean! Be clean!” again and again.